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Old 04-07-2013, 02:32 PM   #221
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This wall is over the garage (as seen from the rear of the bus) and I still need to cut an arch in the lower edge to clear the hood of the Jeep, but the window cutout is perfect and the AC opening should fit most small air conditioner units. I left a 1- inch lip around the inside edge of that rectangle just in case I need to adjust it a bit larger. While this entire area will be under the roof of the bus, it may still encounter blowing rain/dust/snow, so I'm going to properly seal all the edges and corners and paint every surface.

There is also a box installed for an exterior light over the garage and you can see inside the garage another electrical outlet that will get a weatherproof cover.

It's starting to look more and more like the diagrams I made when I started this project!

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Old 04-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #222
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Just curious, What kind Jeep do you have?
I have a 2006 Wrangler Sport for towing behind.
I really like the idea of loading her up and taking it with you........
How do you plan to upload her/him/it?
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #223
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Just curious, What kind Jeep do you have?
I have a 2006 Wrangler Sport for towing behind.
I really like the idea of loading her up and taking it with you........
How do you plan to upload her/him/it?
I have a 1999 Cherokee with a modest lift and tires, etc. I should have about five inches of clearance between the hood of the Jeep and the ceiling of the "garage." Unless I encounter major road obstacles with the bus, there should be enough room to avoid any contact between the two.

I'm going to buy a couple seven- to eight-foot aluminum ramps so I can drive it right up into the back of the bus.

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Old 04-07-2013, 08:12 PM   #224
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Sounds cool --- Just be sure to anchor that puppy down really well. Maybe some tie down points attached through the bus frame and chains like those used on car haulers.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:14 PM   #225
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and/or some stop blocks mounted in the floor, portable ones for the rear.....

Sharpe looking jeep...
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Sounds cool --- Just be sure to anchor that puppy down really well. Maybe some tie down points attached through the bus frame and chains like those used on car haulers.
Yeah, I know. That's going to be another engineering problem that I'll tackle when I get to it. I definitely want to attach something through the floor to the frame rails, but at this point I don't see an easy way to tie down the nose of the Jeep. I know that if I make a super-sturdy but tedious method of securing the Jeep, I probably will start to skip steps or won't want to use the Jeep when it's cheaper and more practical to do so. I also don't want to make it too easy for the Jeep to come loose, obviously.

Since the nose will be inside the garage, I only need to make sure the hood doesn't bounce high enough on bumpy roads to hit the underside of the bed frame. The back end just needs to be chained or strapped down, most likely with a pair of heavy duty wheel straps like those used on flatbed wreckers and auto transport trucks.

Let's face it: If the worst case scenario occurs and the bus turns over, the least of my worries is whether the Jeep comes loose.
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Old 04-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #227
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and/or some stop blocks mounted in the floor, portable ones for the rear.....

Sharpe looking jeep...
I'm definitely going to have blocks for the front (mostly to keep me from driving into the garage wall), and some rubrails on the outboard edges of the tires to keep me centered as I drive in and out.
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Here's a link for mine!!!!

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Nice!

I've often thought of the benefits of a short wheelbase Wrangler for the purposes of this conversion project (I'd have separate toilet and shower rooms!), but I need to have the extra room inside for my dogs and all my stuff. I've got two 20mm ammo cans strapped down in the back filled with tools and self-recovery gear, and when I go out for photos I carry a medium-sized backpack filled with cameras, lenses, etc. When I start traveling, I'm going to build a more permanent arrangement for the dogs so I won't have the distraction of a sniffing nose in my ear all the time and so I can open all the windows without having to worry about someone jumping out the window.
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Nice!

I've often thought of the benefits of a short wheelbase Wrangler for the purposes of this conversion project (I'd have separate toilet and shower rooms!), but I need to have the extra room inside for my dogs and all my stuff. I've got two 20mm ammo cans strapped down in the back filled with tools and self-recovery gear, and when I go out for photos I carry a medium-sized backpack filled with cameras, lenses, etc. When I start traveling, I'm going to build a more permanent arrangement for the dogs so I won't have the distraction of a sniffing nose in my ear all the time and so I can open all the windows without having to worry about someone jumping out the window.
Along with the short wheel base comes a shortage of cargo space too.
If you remove the back seat it helps but still not ideal.
The Camel is looking good and you jeep is all setup and ready to go....
makes for a nice combo..... have fun, be safe, enjoy.....
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